Veterans Celtic Challenge 2016

Important - Flying to Dublin as part of the Veteran's Celtic Challenge? Check your flight operator to ensure they will take your fencing bag. Some flights now refuse to take fencing bags, some will only take them if bags are locked. Contact for updates.


The Veteran's Celtic Challenge 2016 will be held on the weekend of 23rd/24th July at Dublin City University and hosted by Fencing Ireland.

The schedule for the event is:

  • Saturday 23rd
    • 09:30 Men's Epee check-in closes
    • 11:00 Women's Foil check-in closes
    • 12:00 Men's Sabre check-in closes 
    • 19:30 Gala Dinner
  • Sunday 24th
    • 09:30 Women's Epee check-in closes
    • 10:00 Men's Foil check-in closes
    • 11:00 Women's Sabre check-in closes
    • 15:00 Medal Ceremony with presentation of the Dragon Trophy


Please note - several airlines now have restrictions on carrying fencing equipment, even if this is in bags in the hold.  All flights operated by Stobart Air (which include some AerLigus and FlyBe) will not carry any fencing equipment.


The Celtic Challenge is a biennial event for veteran (over 40s) fencers, contesting all six weapons in an individual open tournament. There are competitions for both men and women, with one single age class: above 40 years of age.

It is an individual 6 weapon event (2 rounds of poules) with teams invited from the following Celtic Nations:

  • Asturias
  • Brittany
  • the Channel Islands
  • Cornwall
  • Galicia
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Each nation will nominate 3 fencers in each weapon at the start of the competition whose final ranking will count towards the overall team Dragon Trophy.  Scotland won the team trophy in 2014.

The cost of an individual entry is €40 (EUR) for one weapon.

Full details of this year's event can be found on the Ireland Fencing website along with an online entry form (alternatively see the attached document).  There is also a list of current entrants available.



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